Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Senior Lecturer



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UG10Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





I study the interaction of epidemiological dynamics and evolution of pathogens. The aim of this work is to improve surveillance of infectious diseases using molecular data. I also study the role of social and sexual networks in mediating the spread of infectious diseases. 

I have a substantive focus on HIV/AIDS. Recent work has focused on the development of better methods for estimating HIV incidence, transmission rates, and behavioral heterogeneity of populations at risk of HIV.

I have graduate training in sociology and mathematics (Cornell University) and postdoctoral training in HIV research (University of California- San Diego). I recently completed a NIH career development fellowship focused on the development of methods for molecular epidemiological surveillance of HIV (University of Michigan- Ann Arbor). 

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Volz EM, Frost SDW, 2013, Inferring the Source of Transmission with Phylogenetic Data, Plos Computational Biology, Vol:9, ISSN:1553-7358

Volz EM, Ionides E, Romero-Severson EO, et al., 2013, HIV-1 Transmission during Early Infection in Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Phylodynamic Analysis, Plos Medicine, Vol:10, ISSN:1549-1676

Volz E, 2008, SIR dynamics in random networks with heterogeneous connectivity, Journal of Mathematical Biology, Vol:56, ISSN:0303-6812, Pages:293-310

Volz E, Meyers LA, 2007, Susceptible-infected-recovered epidemics in dynamic contact networks, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, Vol:274, ISSN:0962-8452, Pages:2925-2933

Volz EM, Pond SLK, Ward MJ, et al., 2009, Phylodynamics of Infectious Disease Epidemics, Genetics, Vol:183, ISSN:0016-6731, Pages:1421-1430

Volz EM, 2012, Complex Population Dynamics and the Coalescent Under Neutrality, Genetics, Vol:190, ISSN:0016-6731, Pages:187-U311

Volz EM, Koopman JS, Ward MJ, et al., 2012, Simple Epidemiological Dynamics Explain Phylogenetic Clustering of HIV from Patients with Recent Infection, PLOS Computational Biology, Vol:8, ISSN:1553-734X

Volz EM, Koelle K, Bedford T, 2013, Viral Phylodynamics, Plos Computational Biology, Vol:9, ISSN:1553-7358

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